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Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

, Volume 83, Issue 2, pp 167–174 | Cite as

Cryptococcus haglerorum, sp. nov., an anamorphic basidiomycetous yeast isolated from nests of the leaf-cutting ant Atta sexdens

  • Wouter J. Middelhoven
  • Alvaro Fonseca
  • Solange Cristina Carreiro
  • Fernando Carlos Pagnocca
  • Odair Correa Bueno
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Abstract

A yeast strain (CBS 8902) was isolated from the nest of a leaf-cutting ant and was shown to be related to Cryptococcus humicola. Sequencing of the D1/D2 region of the 26S ribosomal DNA and physiological characterization revealed a separate taxonomic position. A novel species named Cryptococcus haglerorum is proposed to accommodate strain CBS 8902 that assimilates n-hexadecane and several benzene compounds. Physiological characteristics distinguishing the novel species from some other members of the C. humicola complex are presented. The phylogenetic relationship of these strains to species of the genus Trichosporon Behrend is discussed.

Atta sexdens Benzene compounds Cryptococcus haglerorum Hexadecane Leaf-cutting ants 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wouter J. Middelhoven
    • 1
  • Alvaro Fonseca
    • 2
  • Solange Cristina Carreiro
    • 3
  • Fernando Carlos Pagnocca
    • 3
  • Odair Correa Bueno
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratorium voor MicrobiologieWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Centro de Recursos Microbiológicos, Facultade de Ciencias e TecnologiaUniversidade Nova de LisboaCaparicaPortugal
  3. 3.Centro de Estudos de Insetos SociaisUniversidade Estadual Paulista _ UNESPRio ClaroBrazil

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